Tripura CM calls for ban on future trading of food items
Kolkata: Ahead of chief ministers` meeting on
price rise called by the prime minister tomorrow, Tripura CM
Manik Sarkar today demanded that the Centre ban future trading
of all food items and ensure higher allocation of foodgrains
for BPL families.
"Future trading in all food articles should be
immediately banned. Speculative capital in the futures market
continued to play havoc with commodity prices," Sarkar told
reporters here on the sidelines of a party programme.
A three-day meeting of the CPI(M) central committee is in
progress since yesterday with the issue of price rise and
party`s campaign programmes against it on the agenda.
Stating that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have
convened the meeting with chief ministers much earlier, he
said, "I wonder how this meeting on so many points on the
subject could be possible to discuss in a day."
Besides Sarkar, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacherjee and his Kerala counterpart V S Achuthanandan
would participate in the meeting tomorrow, party sources said.
Sarkar, a CPI(M) Politburo member, said the government
must release cereal stocks through the PDS by increasing the
rice and wheat quotas for the states.
Centre`s faulty approach was evident in the decision to
release buffer stocks of foodgrains in the open market rather
than to provide it to state governments at subsidized rates as
a measure to restore the earlier cuts in allocations to APL
sections, he alleged.
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